Archive for July, 2010

Ramble John Krohn

July 23, 2010

Hey yall, apologies for missing my post last month but I was very busy with all sorts going on. Anyway I been wrecking my brain trying to figure out how to redeem myself and then it came to me. This month I have decided to focus my post on one of my all time favourite producers RJD2 who makes remarkable music both sample based and original.

I was introduced to RJ through skateboarding when I heard one of his songs used in what I recall was a Habitat Skateboard Video (I Could be wrong) anyway I thought this song was pure genious, the guitars the drums and the horns all roll so smooth which led me to then discover Deadringer the album.

Deadringer released in 2002 on Definitive Jux Records was RJ’s first album release and what a debut it was. From start to finish the whole thing is a masterpiece comprised of brilliantly constructed samples and perfect production techniques. I think my favourite track off the album would have to be “Smoke and Mirrors” which you can hear below. I have also added video’s of the samples used to construct this magical piece of work.

Vocal Sample

Vocal Sample

Drums @ 2:27

Thats Real creative sampling!

RJ’s next album “Since We Last Spoke” was another corker with alot more original material though yet again it was his fabulous reinventive sampling that in my opinion created the masterpiece of the album “1976”.

I think this album might also have been my first proper introduction to electronica and with gems like “Iced Lightning” its no surprise I instantly became hooked. The track itself includes nice broken beat drums beautifully played piano keys and dramatically sequenced synth patterns.

although alot of people reckon RJ started moving toward the more rock influenced side of things with his second album it was his third album where he really welded hip hop and rock music in a perfect manor. Now when I say Hip Hop with rock I’m not talking limp bizkit here or stinkin park proper hip hop production techniques and skills meeting with guitars and blue grass southern sounds is what I’m talking about and you can hear it right “Here and Now”

The Third hand was composed by RJ who played alot of the instruments on it himself.

We now move on to RJ’s latest work which by the way guys there is a remix competition on for it the minute check it here RJD2 Remix Competition

Mr Krohn’s latest album came in January of this year. The Colossus in my opinion is reminisent of the beatles and Zepplin with catchy tracks like “The Glow” and “Walk With Me” While “Let There Be Horns” incapsules that RJD2 sound that led me to fall in love with his work in the first place.

I hope everyone has enjoyed learning about this very special Hip Hop Dj and producer and I hope you all go and dig out more of his rare stuff.

Heres a wee early mix from the man himself for you all to download and listen to.

RJD2 – Your Face Or Your Kneecaps Mix

  1. “Jim Ingram – Black Woman” – 2:38
  2. “The Nite Liters – Tanga Boo Gonk” – 1:22
  3. “Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again Naturally / Wild Style Dialogue – Zorro & Fab 5 Freddy” – 0:41
  4. “Unknown” – 0:09
  5. “Timmy Thomas – Sexy Woman” – 0:16
  6. “Donny Hathaway – Magnificent Sanctuary Band / The Barons – Makin’ It Better” – 1:03
  7. “Oliver Sain – St Louis Breakdown” – 0:37
  8. “Hot Ice Company – I Got The Love You Need” – 0:43
  9. “Unknown” – 0:41
  10. “Syl Johnson – Concrete Reservation” – 0:11
  11. “Albert King – I’ll Play The Blues For You” – 0:28
  12. “Jethro Tull – Cross Eyed Mary / Volume 10 – Pistol Grip Pump” – 1:41
  13. “Different Strokes – Sing A Simple Song / Ike & Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister / Sly & The Family Stone – Sing A Simple Song / Charles Earland – Sing A Simple Song” – 1:28
  14. “Southside Movement – I’ve Been Watching You” – 1:22
  15. “Lighthouse – The Love Of A Woman” – 1:20
  16. “RJD2 – ? / Double Trouble – Stoop Rap (from Wild Style OST)” – 2:23
  17. “Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band – Giggin Down 103rd” – 0:29
  18. “King Curtis – Sweet Inspiration / ? ” – 1:50
  19. “Monk Higgins – Gotta Be Funky” – 0:21
  20. “Eddy Senay – Aint No Sunshine” – 0:31
  21. “Charles Whitehead – Between The Lines” – 1:10
  22. “African Music Machine – Mr. Brown” – 0:31
  23. “Soul Tornadoes – Bobby’s Mood” – 0:41
  24. “Cold Blood – Baby I Love You” – 0:48
  25. “Ben Vereen – I’ll Keep My Light In My Window” – 0:10
  26. “Allen Toussaint – Worldwide” – 0:31
  27. “Steve Colt – Dynamite” – 1:26
  28. “Rare Earth – (I Know) I’m Losing You” – 0:12
  29. “Toddlin Town Sounds – It’s Your Thing” – 0:29
  30. “Ray Bryant – Up Above The Rock” – 0:48
  31. “Eric & The Vikings – Get Off The Streets Y’all” – 1:14
  32. “Jimmy Castor Bunch – Bad” – 1:00
  33. “Soul Severes – I Got It” – 1:24
  34. “James Brown – The Drunk” – 0:36
  35. “Sisters and Brothers – Jed Clampett” – 2:09
  36. “RJD2 – Let The Good Times Roll Part II / Mr. C & Funck Junction – Hot Butter ‘n All” – 3:22
  37. “RJD2 – Let The Good Times Roll Part I / Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader (a cappella)” – 2:33
  38. “RJD2 – Rain” – 5:41
  39. “RJD2 – Find You Out” – 5:02

Hope you all like.



Tuxedo Rap

July 16, 2010

Although these days I mainly play and listen to various forms of dance music, there is still only one act who’s albums I will buy without reading a review or listening in advance. People Under The Stairs have long been my favourite hip hop group, and have now produced 7 albums of consistently great music.

Hailing from Los Angeles, this pair of MC/Producers are steeped in the beat digging culture of hip hop, a fact reflected in their record sleeves – smartly aping the sleeves of old jazz and soul albums, with in depth write-ups on the back in the style of these old 12″s. Their first album “The Next Step” was a sleeper hit, initially being sold at gigs and on the street before getting a proper release. One of the biggest tracks was “San Francisco Knights”, which had the unintended consequence of making many not realise their LA roots.

The sample-laden beats typified the sound that the PUTS would make their name with. After the success of this first LP, Om Recordings signed them up, and soon after their 2nd LP “Question In The Form Of An Answer” arrived. It cemented their position in the independent hip hop scene, and again showcased their superb vinyl collections. My personal favourite from the collection is “The Cat”, which earned a single release.

People Under The Stairs – The Cat

By their 3rd album, the PUTS were really hitting their stride, and O.S.T. includes some of their best tracks. Their fanbase grew steadily over the course of these early albums, and as a result they ended up hitting the road more and more, developing into one of the a very good live act. Standout cuts for include Keepin It Live, The Outrage, The Joyride (with its equally brilliant and bizarre drugs/country & western sampled intro) and the disco influenced Hang Loose.

People Under The Stairs – The Hang Loose

Brucey Bonus #1 – The Hang Loose Instrumental

The biggest hit from O.S.T. was probably Acid Raindrops

The EP “Or Stay Tuned” followed, and then a brief hiatus in which they worked on solo projects and alongside other artists. This included one of their best pieces, and something that any English listeners will surely love – DJ Yoda’s “Quid Control”.

DJ Yoda ft People Under The Stairs – Quid Control

Brucey Anglophile Bonus – Chicken Kebab

After this brief period away from the limelight, the PUTS returned in 2006 with what is my personal favourite from their albums, “Stepfather”. Containing some frankly brilliant hip hop, to me this cemented their position as the totem-bearers for boom-bap hip hop in the 21st Century. Balancing itself superbly between light hearted fun, heart felt odes to family, hip hop tributes and more, “Stepfather” is just an excellent album.

People Under The Stairs – Days Like These

Since this artistic peak, they have actually released two first class albums – Fun DMC and Carried Away.

Here is an edit I did of Step Bacc using a Derrick Carter remix of Samim’s “The Lick”

Brucey Bootleg Bonus – The Lick (Santero\’s PUTS Edit)

And here’s a few video clips of selected highlights from the two albums.

And probably my favourite video of the last few years, “Trippin At The Disco”

And in the course of researching a few bits for this blog post, I stumbled across something that I didn’t expect….

As well as something I had heard on CD before but didn’t realise existed on video


While I’ve got your attention, just thought I’d share this podcast from the good people at Oscillate Wildly. The mighty Tomb Crew are at the controls, which always means it is going to be worth listening to, and judging from the first 2 editions it is a podcast worth keeping an eye on.


The XX – Shelter (C.R.S.T Remix)
Cooly G – Dis Boy (DVA High Emotions Remix)
C.R.S.T – Mighty Music (Mistamen Remix)
Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Perempay ‘N’ Dee’s Soulful Mix)
Steve Gurley – Walk On By
Frank Rizardo – Cordoba
French Fries – Charlotte
Lil Silva – Pulse Vs Flex
Greenmoney Ft Mz Bratt – Who’s Green Money (Mele Remix)
Headhunter & Invisible – Luvdup
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Blood Pressure (Dub)
Mistamen – Ashanting
Breach – Fatherless
Roska – Squark
James Blake – CMYK



Flying Lotus

July 9, 2010

Steven Ellison A.K.A. Juno Leed A.K.A FlyLo A.K.A. Flying Lotus is a monster of a producer. Crafting eccentric beats on top of insane riffs with enough finesse to blast your mind into a secondary state of consciousness. Hailing from California the prodigy came to light in 2006 with his debut LP 1983. An album so difficult to pigeon hole that it left Steven with the perfectly fitting title; ‘Multi-Genred Artist’. Listening through 1983 it’s hard to pin point the tracks that stand out as the soundscape of the album leads you on a journey. Each track feeding off the other leading onto something new and magical, through hints of ambience, electronica, hip-hop and jazz it is all beautifully crafted and blended into what can only be described as a subtle masterpiece.

Flying Lotus – Bad Actors & Orbit Brazil

Being picked up by Warp, Flying Lotus was left to swarm. Collaborating with the likes of Jose James and Thom Yorke, remixing artists Mr. Oizo, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nelly Furtato. Not to mention releasing 7 EPs and 3 albums of his own. The latest of which released earlier this year, the aptly titled Cosmogramma.

Dense, multi-layered and subtly orchestral to the point that Ellison has dubbed it a “space opera”. Rife with flying oscillators, synths, beats and drum machines. Yet still manages to keep that trademark Flying Lotus sound. Another album, another journey, another masterpiece. Flying Lotus is one of those artists that rarely fails to impress. His ability to smash through rule of genre confined music to be able to produce something so fresh, beautiful and complex is astounding.

I urge you all to listen 🙂

Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous (Flying Lotus Remix) (Feat. Timbaland) [MF]

Mr. Oizo – $tunt$ (Flying Lotus Remix) [MF]

Flying Lotus – Table Tennis – Cosmograma [MF]

Robocat 🙂

Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff

July 2, 2010

There’s no denying that French house is back with a vengeance, with everyone putting their own spin on that unmistakable filtered disco sound. But of everyone in the new French house scene, the most interesting is by far Nîmes madman The Phantom’s Revenge.

His sound finds a perfect balance balance between glitchy monsters and filtered grooves. Imagine if Paul Johnson, Justice and Siriusmo cracked open the Absinthe and opened up Garageband, and you have a rough idea.

Exhibit A: 2008’s “Absolute Ego Riot”. This is one of TPR’s craziest tunes. A Candi Staton sample gets the fuck bombed out of it almost beyond the point of recognition, but the track still finds time for the odd looped groove amidst the glitchy chaos and tinny Ed Banger hi-hats.

The Phantom’s Revenge – Absolute Ego Riot [160kbps]

Or, if this ain’t your thing, the Louis La Roche remix should please you 🙂

Exhibit B: “Saturated Phat Impact”. Phantom gave this out as part of a free 6-track EP over MySpace. A lot less crazy than “Absolute Ego Riot”, but that’s not to say it’s a tune to relax to! A fantastic soul loop sits atop TPR’s trademark heavy drum beats. The original is a great track in its own right, but personally, I think this edit by Treasure Fingers has a little more punch.

The Phantom’s Revenge – Saturated Phat Impact (Treasure Fingers Edit) [320kbps]

Exhibit C: The outstanding “When Mr Hyde Killed Dr Jekyll”. This one moves away from the disco sound, instead taking a halloween organ sample and reworking it into a stuttering electro banger.

The Phantom’s Revenge – When Mr Hyde Killed Dr Jekyll [160kbps]

And finally, my all time favourite Phantom’s Revenge track, his amazing remix of Fenech Soler’s already brilliant “Lies”.

Fenech Soler – Lies (The Phantom’s Revenge Remix) [160kbps]

Till next month,

AY! x

(P.S. Apologies for the lack of post last week!)